Location: United Kingdom
Children can interact through their robot and avatar using a mobile app.
Over 72 000 children in the UK are in isolation due to a long-term illness. The loneliness can be damaging to a child’s wellbeing because they can’t play or meet with friends, go on adventures, or attend school.
AV1 is helping children and young adults with chronic illnesses who have this problem. The company has developed a feature-rich distance learning robot or avatar that allows youngsters to participate in activities safely. The portable avatar can be accessed through a mobile app and will enable them to see what the avatar sees.
During class, the child can press the ‘raise hand’ button on the app, which causes the avatar to light up and lets the teacher know they have a question. The child can display moods through the avatar and set an indication to observe rather than actively participate. They can also communicate vocally through the app, including setting the volume to a whisper so only nearby classmates can hear.
The AV1 is not only useful for distance learning, but can help the child participate in outings, birthday parties, and more. By removing some of the isolation children and teenagers with long-term illnesses experience, they can have some ‘growing up’ experiences like others and focus on things outside of their health.